Theatre Design and Technology Portfolio Tips

"I'm not looking for a 'finished product,' " says Allen Wright Shannon, Nazareth asst. professor of theatre and resident scenic designer, who reviews technical production theatre portfolios.

"I'm looking for someone who's hungry to learn and willing to try many things and who's willing to discover as they go."

He adds that you have a lot of flexibility in what you put in your theatre portfolio:

"Show me yourself as an artist. That may be through drafting, renderings, and resume — but it might also be through photography, painting, drawing, sketching, doodling, and simple communication of your passion for the art form."

He knows that students have various experiences and twists in the path to your future career(s), and that's OK. "I didn't start out as a designer. I was a vocal performance major focusing on musical theatre/dance — and design 'found' me. We are here to train. All we need is your willingness to try!"

Bonus: An exceptional audition or portfolio submission may qualify you for a talent scholarship. If you are selected, the scholarship appears on your financial aid award letter.

Allen Shannon

Allen Wright Shannon